Jess Jonassen, Marijane Kapp and Ellyse Capse are likely to be the four overseas players along with Lanning but Delhi’s Indian line-up is strong as well as dangerous. Shefali, Jemima Rodrigues, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Tania Bhatia, Radha Yadav are all experienced players from India. Under-19 World Cup-winning fast bowler Titas Sadhu, Kashmir’s Jasia Akhtar and wicketkeeper Aparna Mandal are in the squad. Delhi Capitals have picked the best potential Indian talent.
Lanning said in a Delhi Capitals release, ‘I have had a conversation with some of the players and I am trying to get to their strong side, how they would like to play and what they think. Hopefully, I can learn something from these girls and give them a bit of knowledge as well.” For Mandhana, four overseas players are easy to pick which are Kapp, Knight, Perry and fast bowler Megan Schutt. But his problem will be to fix the places of at least four Indian players. Of these, three should be automatic choices, including the captain himself, Richa and fast bowler Renuka Thakur.
The teams are as follows:
Delhi Capitals: Meg Lanning (c), Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Jess Jonassen, Ellyse Capse, Tara Norris, Laura Harris, Marijane Kapp, Poonam Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Tania Bhatia (wk), Aparna Mandal (wk), Titas Sadhu, Arundhati Reddy , Radha Yadav, Meenu Mani, Jasia Akhtar.
RCB: Smriti Mandhana (c), Richa Ghosh (wk), Dane van Niekerk, Heather Knight, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Sophie Devine, Erin Burns, Disha Kasat, Sahana Pawar, Renuka Thakur, Komal Janjad, Poonam Khemnar, Kanika Ahuja, Preeti Bose, Shobhana Asha, Shreyanka Patil and Indrani Roy (wicketkeeper).
The match will start at 7:30 pm Indian time.
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